Antenatal and Newborn Screening

Screening services are carried out within maternity services.


  • There are 6 antenatal and newborn screening programmes and these screening test need be carried out at set times.
  • Linked Antenatal and newborn Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia
  • Infectious Diseases in Pregnancy
  • Down`s Syndrome and Fetal Anomaly Ultra sound Screening
  • Newborn Hearing
  • Newborn and Infant Physical Examination
  • Newborn Blood Spot

Diabetic Eye Screening

Diabetic Eye Screening is offered to people with diabetes from the age of 12.


All people with Diabetes (Types 1 and 2) are at risk of getting diabetic retinopathy. Screening is an effective way of detecting the condition as early as possible.

People with diabetes are at risk of damage from diabetic retinopathy, a condition that can lead to sight loss if it's not treated.

Everyone aged 12 and over with diabetes is offered screening once a year. Diabetic retinopathy is extremely unusual in children with diabetes who are under the age of 12.

People with diabetes should also see their optician every two years for a regular eye test.

Cervical Screening Programme

A cervical screening test (previously known as a smear test) is a method of detecting abnormal cells on the cervix. The cervix is the entrance to the womb from the vagina. Detecting and removing abnormal cervical cells can prevent cervical cancer.

It's possible for women of all ages to develop cervical cancer, although the condition mainly affects sexually active women between the ages of 30 and 45. The condition is very rare in women under 25.


The aim of the NHS Cervical Screening Programme is to reduce the number of women who develop cervical cancer and the number of women who die from the condition. All women aged between 25 and 64 are invited for cervical screening. Women aged between 25 and 49 are invited for testing every three years, and women aged between 50 and 64 are invited every five years. Being screened regularly means that any abnormal changes in the cells of the cervix can be identified at an early stage and, if necessary, treated to stop cancer developing.

If the test picks up abnormalities in the cells in your cervix, it may be recommended that you have treatment to remove them, or further tests in a few months to see if they return to normal on their own.

The cervical screening require an appointment with Practice Nurse.

The results of your screening test will be sent to you in the post, with a copy sent to your GP.


Brest Cancer Screening Programme

Women who are 50-70 years of age and registered with a GP are automatically invited for screening every three years. You will first be invited for screening between your 50th and 53rd birthday. If you're over the age of 70, you'll stop receiving screening invitations. However, you're still eligible for screening and can arrange an appointment through your GP or local screening unit.

Regular breast screening is beneficial in identifying breast cancer early. The earlier the condition is found, the better the chances of surviving it.

Bowel Cancer Screening Programme

Bowel cancer can be present for a long time before any symptoms appear. If it's detected before symptoms appear, it's easier to treat and there's a better chance of surviving the disease.

To detect cases of bowel cancer sooner, the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme is dedicated for  men and women aged 60-69 registered with a GP. Those patients  will automatically received  an invitation for screening through the post every two years.

Routine screening isn't offered to people less than 60 years of age, so if you think you may be at an increased risk of bowel cancer and you are not yet eligible for screening, it may help to speak to your GP about your options and what you should be looking out for.

Screening consists of a home testing kit, called an FOBt (faecal occult blood test) kit. The kit arrives through the post when screening is due. The kit is used to collect tiny stool samples on a special card.

The card is then sealed in a special hygienic freepost envelope and sent to a laboratory where it will be checked for traces of blood that may not be visible to the naked eye, but may indicate a problem.


Results are received in writing within two weeks of sending in the test kit.


Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening (AAA)

AAA screening reduces your risk of dying from an AAA (Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm).


An AAA is a swelling of the aorta. This is the main blood vessel that supplies blood to the body. There is a risk that an AAA may split or rupture.

Men aged 65 are invited for a one-off ultrasound screening test.

Finding an aneurysm early gives you the best chance of treatment and survival.

You will Receive an invitation letter and information leaflet when you are due for screening.


Men over 65 who have not previously been screened by the NHS or diagnosed with an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) can self refer directly to the Wales AAA Screening Programme.


If you are a man, over 65 and living in Wales and would like to be screened please contact your local screening office to ask for an appointment on:


North Wales: 01492 86 35 63

South East Wales: 01443 23 51 61

South West Wales: 01792 45 31 62 or

Email: with your full name, date of birth, address and contact telephone number.


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